Far Niente Chardonnay Napa Valley Estate Bottled 2009
90 points California Grapevine: Medium-light golden yellow; attractive, toasty, nutty, melon and baked apple aroma with floral notes of citrus and honeysuckle; full body; crisp, green apple and tropical fruit flavors with good depth and a velvety mouthfeel; well balanced and firmly structured; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended. (Feb/Mar 2011)
The reputation of California Chardonnays is one of heavy oak and butter overwhelming the fruit in the glass and while that may have been the case in the past, there are many wineries moving away from that style towards a more traditional style of wine. This particular wine was very well balanced with flavors lime, Meyer lemon, hazelnut and nutmeg and a very nice acidity to keep things fresh. It is a bit pricey at $40 retail but still a very good wine.
This is our personal favorite "house" Chardonnay. Consistently good and a treat to drink and share with others.
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The best Far Niente Chardonnay in some time. This delivers very complex aromas and flavors, with subtle tiers of ripe pear, honeydew melon, fig and apricot, as well as hints of toasty, vanilla-scented oak. Drink now through 2018. 27,900 cases made. -... Wine Spectator. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2009 Far Niente Chardonnay 750ml
Far Niente Chardonnay has earned its reputation as one of the great white wines worthy of aging. The grapes are hand picked from the various estate vineyards and then hand sorted at the winery. Shortly after starting fermentation in stainless tanks, the must is racked into a high percentage of new French oak barrels. To assure proper development, the barrels are topped biweekly, allowing our wine to age gracefully on its yeast lees for eight months. The winemaker evaluates each barrel for quality and style before it may be included in the blend. This wine is a classic Far Niente Chard, with a full, firm structure, lush roundness, intense fruit and spicy oak. Enjoy it now or let it continue to age and develop in your cellar for 5 or more years.
Classic-styled California Chardonnaty with spice and vanilla aromas of oak, then rich, intense flavors of melon and fig. It fills out and adds complexity with age - up to ten years.
Chablis-like in its flinty leaness, with firm citrus, earth, mineral, gravel and green apple flavors. Intense and vibrant, for those who don't want the shadow of oak in their Chardonnay. Drink now through 2005.
Flashy with a burled walnut veneer over fleshy, generous white fruit, this is a full and rich Chardonnay. For now, the fruit has a simple white grape flavor, but the mineral touches in the finish may develop more complexity with a few years of age.
Intense and vibrant, a touch coarse at this stage, but the purity and focus of spicy pear and nectarine flavors is appealing and those flavors are long and persistent on the finish. Drink now through 2007.
The winemaker notes that this wine has undergone no malolactic fermentation, which is rare in an expensive Chard because you don't get that big, fat, rich buttery softness. What you do get is pure pear and tropical fruit that is elaborately oaked in really good barrels. It is fancy and detailed but not blowsy.
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